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Pleasurably Frightened: A Guide to the Movies that Scare the Crap out of Us

Renee Bright

‘Tis the season for ghosts, faceless killers, and jump scares. In other words, it’s the time of year when you might be watching horror flicks. So, let’s talk about them.

Our guest is the film scholar Andrew Nelson. He says that horror movies are part of what’s been called the body genre. That’s media that’s specifically geared to provoke a physical reaction — like fright. And there’s a devoted minority of people who love movies that scare the heck out of them. This Friday at noon, we’re talking about what horror is, what it’s trying to do, how it’s changed, whether it’s art (it is) and what it tells us about ourselves and our times.


  • Andrew Patrick Nelson is the Chair of the Department of Film & Media Arts and Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Utah.

Airdate Friday, Oct. 28, at 12 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m.